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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Im·me·di·ate a.
 1. Not separated in respect to place by anything intervening; proximate; close; as, immediate contact.
    You are the most immediate to our throne.   --Shak.
 2. Not deferred by an interval of time; present; instant. “Assemble we immediate council.”
 Death . . . not yet inflicted, as he feared,
 By some immediate stroke.   --Milton.
 3. Acting with nothing interposed or between, or without the intervention of another object as a cause, means, or agency; acting, perceived, or produced, directly; as, an immediate cause.
    The immediate knowledge of the past is therefore impossible.   --Sir. W. Hamilton.
 Immediate amputation Surg., an amputation performed within the first few hours after an injury, and before the the effects of the shock have passed away.
 Syn: -- Proximate; close; direct; next.